Abolition Wisconsin

Abolish demand. End trafficking.

Myth vs. Reality

Myth: women choose into prostitution. Reality: it’s RARELY a choice.

Women do not want to be prostituted. Instead they experience traumatic force/violence, pervasive fraud/lies, and terrifying coercion/manipulation and that amounts to sex trafficking by the legal definition.

@ExodusCry tweeted a quote from Melissa Farley’s research that “81% of the women in the Nevada legal brothels reported they wanted to escape prostitution regardless of its legal status. They said it is all (legal/illegal) emotionally the same.” – Melissa Farley #notajob #sexualexploitation #bansexbuying

This statistic mirrors research done in the Chicagoland area around 2013 showing 85% of the prostituted women surveyed wanted out.

Stop demand. End trafficking.

Police Cannot Out-Arrest Demand for Paid Sex

Brown County Sheriff, Jim Valley, testifying to the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety recently about their online sting operations. They typically receive 200+ responses within two hours of posting a fake sex-for-sale advertisement online and can only deal with 5 of those men. Law enforcement cannot out-arrest the demand.

No Demand, No Trafficking

Exodus Cry and Epipheo teamed up to produce this simple, hard hitting video that we want to share with you…

This is what Abolition Wisconsin is confronting through building up a Prayer Corps of committed men of honor, and then starting a Cyber Patrol using the approach developed by Epik Project.  Men create the demand for trafficking.  Better men can stop it.

All Things Are Possible #02

You may say it’s not possible, but I disagree, and so do Michael & Melissa Anderson, a couple who chose into staying together and working through the big comeback from Michael’s 18 year addiction to pornography.  They’re real life people who’ve navigated what it takes and want to help others do the same.  Check out their story at A New Grip.

“We will both share with you a description of our “prison cells” throughout this blog, but more importantly what it’s been like to allow God to tear down those bars and walk in FREEDOM.  If only we could have recognized what we were choosing to live in, perhaps we could have broken out earlier.  We hope this blog will help you see the bars for what they are, support you, and celebrate with you as you tear them down, and offer you hope and encouragement along your journey.  We pray you are able to do this together, but YOUR bars can come down, even if your spouse does not choose this at this time.  Walking in freedom is a choice, and you can start your journey today.”

Abolition Wisconsin stands for the way out and the way home.  Michael & Melissa show us how through their own experience shared openly, authentically and practically with posts like 5 Ways to Help Your Wife Heal After Betrayal.  More to come!

All Things Are Possible #01

I’m taking the text directly from their website because they are a compelling example that All Things Are Possible.  This is the first blog entry among many to come that will say the same simple thing… there really is a way out of the deepest, darkest pit of sexual addiction.  There is Hope.

“The story of Be Broken Ministries began with the story of Jonathan & Elaine Daugherty. Their personal journey through the devastation of sexual addiction and brokenness led to the formation of the ministry. As healing began, first for Jonathan, and later for Elaine, they started to realize just how prevalent sexual brokenness was for families nationwide. Not wanting their healing to be in vain, they decided to begin reaching out to other men and their families who could benefit from the principles they learned on the journey to freedom and restoration. The road was difficult and painful, but the results have been worth every step. And it will be worth it for your family too…”

Abolition Wisconsin is all about disruption, intervention and eradication… but we’re not about destroying people.  We want to offer every buyer a way out to recovery and freedom!

Mapping the Sex Buyer Journey

Posted by on October 30, 2017 in CEASE Network


Bianca Morales-Egan and Angie Bayless coordinated city-wide activities focused in part on commercial sex demand reduction for San Diego and Phoenix respectively via the four year CEASE Network (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) initiative.

In the process, they investigated the significant cultural and social forces that shape the process from the lens of the “buyer journey” a marketing concept used by companies to improve the effectiveness of their product marketing.  This work identified key points for intervention and deterrence, including tactics already developed, tested, and refined by members of the CEASE Network.  Bianca and Angie make an argument in this webinar for the importance of a multi-sector approach.

Get educated on what it will take to end sex trafficking by abolishing the demand!


The long road down…

It’s a long blog but a very important one in the conversation around why men buy sex.  Gene McConnell shares his life journey with Benji Nolot of Exodus Cry and gives us a framework for how to shift our hearts and thoughts about  the men who are caught in this destructive web of deceit.

Listen to it here and let us know what you think!

Mobilizing at City Church this Sunday

City Church has given us some time to present the work of Every Daughter, a direct outreach to women in the life, and make a pitch for men to mobilize and join Abolition Wisconsin in prayer and a direct intervention with men who purchase sex online.  Thank you to the leadership of City Church for opening a door for faith based communities in Greater Madison to get involved.

Our kick-off event is this coming Wednesday, 23 May from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Use the contact form on our site to let us know you’re coming and we’ll reply with more detailed information on the location and agenda.

If your group is interested in contacting us to make a presentation please use the same contact form to let us know in the comment section.

Backpage.com shut down by FBI

An online website, notorious for hosting ads advertising women and children for sex has been seized by federal agencies this week.  According to a report released by a U.S. Senate subcommittee in early 2017, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children‘s data indicates that 73 percent of the child-trafficking reports it receives were related to Backpage.com. (azfamily.com, accessed 4/7/2018).

Congress recently passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, meant to crack down on sex trafficking of children.  The legislation holds internet sites liable for users who post ads on their sites for sex trafficking.  Craigslist.net shut down a similar section of their website on March 23 citing concerns that their services would be legally jeapordized under the new legislation.

I applaud the move on the part of Congress and the federal law enforcement agencies who conducted the operation… but most of all the 17 victims who persevered through years of failure to obtain justice under a convoluted interpretation of protected free speech used by the owners of Backpage.

Now a call to all men to end trafficking by ending the demand.  We need to have the hard conversations with each other about why some of us make the decision to purchase someone’s life for an instant of destructive selfishness!

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

“…can it be out of the kindness of my heart that I carry out such a labor of mercy on a people who once captured me…? For by descent I was a freeman… yet I have sold this nobility of mine, I am not ashamed, nor do I regret that it might have meant some advantage to others. In short, I am a slave in Christ to this faraway people for the indescribable glory of everlasting life in Christ.”  St. Patrick

Appropriate that St. Patrick speaks to us these centuries later about engaging the very perpetrators of trafficking.  If you’re interested in joining us to pray, intercede and get God’s heart about this issue Contact us.